Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

I am ready. I am ready to go to Paris, eat a baguette, see the sights and fall in love. If you are ready for an adorable, sweet, heart-thumping, nerve-wracking and fantastic novel, look no further.

Anna and the French Kiss is an adorable chick lit romance. While I definitely feel that it falls under the category of chick lit, I also feel guilty for giving it a label that might cause some readers to dismiss it, especially since this story isn’t just romance. It has amazing characters, pop culture references, and real characters with real problems.

Can we discuss how much I love Anna? I admit, there were times when I got really frustrated her. Actually, scratch that--Perkins had me frustrated with all of her characters because I cared about them so much that I wanted everything to work out. Honestly, though, as I watched Anna’s friendship with St. Clair and watched all of her emotions, I kept thinking, “I know exactly what she means.” Plus, Anna is totally hilarious and ultimately learns from the mistakes she makes.

St. Clair is the perfect mix of charming and imperfect. Seriously, I want one for myself! With every witty comment, every line of dialogue, every moment between them, I knew what great chemistry Anna and St. Clair had. Perkins also describes Paris beautifully, and with this as the backdrop to the tension and drama between Anna and St. Clair, it was impossible not to fall head over heels for this book.

Frankly, I’m not sure if I can possibly fit everything that’s awesome and wonderful about Anna and the French Kiss into a review without said review turning into an epic poem. I went into this book in the mood for and hoping for a romance. I came out with so much more, and it proved to be better than I expected. Do not miss this book.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book. You should, too.


  1. Okay, it's official. I need this book. I've seen this all over the blogosphere, and now I'm convinced. I NEED to read this.

    Great review!

  2. This is not a book I would normally pick up, but I will keep my eye out for it. You gave it such a nice review and it sounds very enjoyable.

  3. I keep seeing amazing reviews for this book, I'll definitely have to pick it up soon.

  4. I was just thinking about how much I want this book when I read your review, and now I want it even more. This book's been getting such positive reviews, I can't wait to get lost in it, too. Thanks for the review! :D



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